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The Women Of Magnolia [Kindle Edition]

Marlene Mitchell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the mid-eighteen-hundreds, Mississippi was one of the richest states in the union. The wealthy plantations owners enjoyed an opulent life during this golden age of prosperity. The Vine family owned one of these vast plantations. Hundreds of acres of lush cotton plants covered their property and was home to over three hundred slaves. When Evan Vine's father dies suddenly, he is summoned home from France to manage Vine Manor: a task that he does not relish. It is only when he meets Mary Elizabeth Cates that his life changes forever. She returns his love and accepts his proposal of marriage. As a wedding gift, he presents her with a magnificent summer home called Magnolia. Mary Elizabeth begins the legacy of women who inhabit Magnolia. In this novel written in a unique style, you will meet and explore the lives of Mary Elizabeth Vine, her daughter; Hallie Vine Simmons, and granddaughters; Mary and Lydia. You will meet the prostitutes who come to Magnolia to seek refuge and the black slave women who have endured the wrath of their masters. Their compelling story will endear itself to you in the detailed profile of the women. Witness the early years when life is good, only to change at a moment's notice by an outbreak of cholera or a slave uprising. There are the middle years when the civil war tears apart the south leaving tragedy and desolation in its path. Finally... the restoration when everyone attempts to find a new life... a new life at Magnolia.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0979915317
  • Publisher: Blackwyrm Books; 2 edition (February 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PLNMN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Terrible Grammar and Punctuation! April 25, 2011
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The Women of Magnolia was an enjoyable novel regarding the storyline. The author did a good job creating the personalities of the characters and her descriptions take you right into the settings and you re-live the antebellum era of our country's history. This is much better than the run-of-the-mill Civil War era romance/GWTW wannabee. However, either Bearhead Publishing or the author, Marlene Mitchell, did a terrible job with proofreading. The uses of words and their tenses, for instance: pass, past, passed; and other grammatical errors such as using "happen" instead of past tense "happened", occurs very often as several times per page. I am not an English teacher but there are instances where there are 4 or more errors on a page, and it becomes annoying. The reader must go back and re-read paragraphs when commas are used incorrectly. Errors such as using "there's" instead of "theirs"; if it bothers you, you might not enjoy this book to its full potential.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly Written!! January 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is very badly written. It is incredibly amateurish -- like something written for a first-year college creative writing class. None of the characters are well developed, the plot and situations are all cliched, what little dialogue there is is very trite and stiff, there are grammar and punctuation errors throughout, and everything about the book is predictable. For example, the author simply tells the reader what is going. There is virtually no meaningful descriptions (and what there is cliched, such "tears streaming down her face"); and no character development which could be accomplished via internal dialogue or background stories which would add depth and help the reader understand and relate to the character's personality and motivations.

I also agree with a previous reviewer about the historical accuracy -- too many mistakes in facts and language. Unfortunately, this is compounded by current day values being imposed on the characters. For example: A Southern aristocratic woman who owned slaves accepting a mixed race union??? Really??? Thank Heaven such relationships are accepted today...but this would have been shocking and nearly impossible in the 1950s, much less in the 1870s.

Overall, the book had an interesting premise -- an Old Southern mansion and the stories of the women who lived there (but not told by the women, which would have made the book more interesting). The book began with a good idea, but the execution was dreadful. The Kindle cost was $2.99, and I should have spent the money on something else. Given the quality of the writing, I would NOT purchase or recommend another book by this author. If this was a project for a creative writing class, I would grade it a "C" at best.

On the upside, I would suggest the author get in touch with good editor to work with her on developing the has some promise, but it needs a tremendous about of work.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and riveting story July 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, I do agree with another reviewer's statement about terrible grammar & punctuation. I am currently unemployed and am a grammar fanatic; I would love an opportunity to proofread & edit novels!

One thing I am not is a history fanatic, in the sense of knowing detailed historic timelines. Even if there are historical inaccuracies within this story, I was still riveted. At first, I believed I would be frustrated by the introduction of new characters and their subsequent intermingling within the novel, but I came to enjoy how all the characters ended up in the same geographic location and specifically within Magnolia.

This book has sparked an interest in me for Civil War era novels and I would highly recommend it to other readers. i just purchased Yard Sale, also by Marlene Mitchell, and hope to enjoy it as much as The Women of Magnolia.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Reader May 11, 2012
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While still reading The Women of Magnolia, I continue to be frustrated by the poor grammar and word usage. Frequently, in one paragraph, several errors occur and often careless errors on behalf of the Editor. In some cases errors distract from the continuity of thought and make it necessary to re-read the paragraph in order to follow the writer's thought process. I love reading about the South, its characters and history so this eases the pain of the poor quality structure. I am uncertain if I would select another book by this author or publisher.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You need an editor February 1, 2012
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The story line was very good, but the various scenarios could have been woven together so that the reader was not away from one so long. I did not mind the divergent view of what was acceptable in the post war South; after all,this book is fiction. My main criticism is the very poor grammar. Present tense words were used for past tense. Subjective nouns were used where objective nouns would have been correct. Learn he difference in words that sound similar such as except and accept.
I suggest that the writer join a critique to help with ironing out these errors.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You should know... October 23, 2011
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Stayed awake several mornings until 1 a.m. reading this book. I recommend it to anyone trying to find a good Kindle read. There are so many books to chose and I am so glad I chose this one. Well worth the small price.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good historical fiction read on the Civil War October 25, 2011
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I did not notice a lot of grammatical errors in the book other than the typical Kindle errors in their cheaper books. Some of the language in the book is done specifically because of the era the book was about. I really feel that if you do not read this book just because of some of the grammatical errors (most Kindle books do have some amount of errors in them) then you are missing out on a really good book. And, for $2.99, I think the book is totally worth it. And, honestly, maybe I just enjoyed the book so much that I didn't notice all these grammatical errors that one reviewer wrote.

There is so much historical value in this book, spoken from both the slaves and the whites points of views. This book is definitely not all about romance. It is about how people survived before, during and after the Civil War with just a little bit of romance thrown in the mix. It talks about how the Civil War changed people and the way they lived for future generations to come. I will be reading more of Ms. Mitchell's books.

Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars but it was a wonderfully written one
I found it a hard book to read, but it was a wonderfully written one. Good read
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very good. I have learned so much about slaves since ...
Very good . I have learned so much about slaves since reading your book.So glad those days are over
Published 1 day ago by carolyn cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Women of Magnolia
I enjoyed reading this story very much. The. characters cAme to life and I could envision each one of them as well as care about what happened to them. well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book recommend to
great book recommend to anyone
Published 2 days ago by Jo Anna Logan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Summer Read
Very enjoyable read.
Published 3 days ago by Joan Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Many twists and turns and the book almost lost me. but I finished it and am glad I did. there was a good moral to the story. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Nancy Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite like the plantation you knew!
The book begins pre-civil war at a very wealthy plantation home and then delves into the procuring of slaves in Africa. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Buster01
5.0 out of 5 stars The women of Mongolia
Wonderful historical book.what a sad time in our history. When will we be able to celebrate differences. An awesome storey
Published 5 days ago by Painterartst
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book.
I would certainly recommend this book to my family and friends. It kept my interest on every page. My favorite time is during the Civil war period. Read more
Published 10 days ago by P. Lafayette
5.0 out of 5 stars The women of magnolia
I could not put this book down, it was a page turner. I enjoyed each character and their story. If you enjoy reading stories. During the civil war era you will like this book.
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